Detox and Restore


I had cupping and massage by Tibor - amazing experience, highly recommend! He was very professional and knowledgeable, and he really worked through the tension in my muscles. Felt amazing during and afterwards!- DM

What is Cupping?


Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. Cupping is an ancient form alternative therapy dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and middle Eastern cultures.

In our modern world it is a therapy widely used by professional athletes. If you watched the Olympics over the last years, you may have noticed some of the athletes – including Michael Phelps – sporting some interesting bruising patterns caused by cupping therapy.  

There are different kinds of cupping, including:

  • Wet cupping: Creating small cuts in the skin

  • Fire cupping: Using fire to heat the cup and create a vacuum before placing the cup onto the skin 

  • Dry cupping, which is what we offer at A to Zen therapies. Dry cupping which is very safe and beneficial for a wide variety of conditions. 

How does Cupping work?

During Dry Cupping, the cups are placed over multiple points on the affected area to create a vacuum which lifts the soft tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia. This increases the blood flow and induces a stretch effect, which results in a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain. 

During Dry Cupping therapy, cups can either be left in a static position or they can be moved from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.


Dry cupping complement other therapy techniques such as Sports and Deep Tissue Massage, as the lifting effect provided from the cups works synergistically with the downward pressure application of manual massage.

It also work wonderfully in conjunction with Acupuncture.


The vacuum leads to the effected tissue becoming saturated with fresh blood being draw into the tissue. This saturation can often leave a circular mark which is totally harmless. Your skin should look normal again within 10 days.

It also causes neuvascularisation thanks to the quick increase fresh blood flow being drawn to the tissue, that brings rich nutrients and oxygen content within the localised area.

The vacuum effect creates a micro-trauma and separation between the tissue layers. The body responds to this by stimulating an inflammatory response, which is the natural process of healing, releasing chemicals such as white blood cells, platelets and fibroblasts to initiate healing. 

This stretching process that is produced in the fascia and connective tissue, leads to a relaxation response, resulting in improved range of motion and performance.

Besides It can also provide pain relief by exciting small nerves inside muscles so that they release pain-killing chemicals.

What is Cupping good for?

Cupping can provide pain relief and help ease the symptoms of many common muscular-skeletal disorders such as: 

  • muscle pain and tension,

  • Reduced joint movement,

  • Back pain and sciatica


In clinical studies, patients with neck and shoulder pain experienced a 61% decrease in pain after receiving dry cupping therapy!


It may also help with other ailments such as:


Lastly it may also improve cellulite. 

Still not sure whether Cupping is the right therapy for you? Please get in touch and one of our Acupuncture & Massage therapy experts will be happy to answer any of your questions. 


Our highly experienced team of massage therapists can offer a wide variety of massage techniques, providing tailored aftercare advice dependant on your symptoms. We have helped people with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, lower back pain, sciatica symptoms, scar tissue tension, plantar fasciitis, neck pain, knee pain, tension headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety.

We are here to support you and help to make you feel the best you can! We hope to see you at one of our clinics in the City of London. We offer at the Light centre Monument.